Watch the Creole Belle Etudes online guitar lesson by Tommy Emmanuel from Fingerstyle Milestones
We are now going to move on to a great little tune called Creole Belle. I think the first time I heard the great Creole Belle was from the great Doc Watson, and I loved it. It's a very simple song, but you can do a lot with it. What I want to point out to you today is that I've decided I'd like to teach you this song and see if you can get your thumb over the top to play this song. So the song is in C, and to get the melody right I use my thumb over the top, and not everyone is comfortable with that as I've said earlier. What I want to do is teach you the song and start off by using a capo, because when you bring the capo up the neck, the frets slowly get closer together. To make it easier for you, we're going to start with the capo on the fourth fret where it is easier to get your thumb over the top, playing in the C position, but technically it will be in E. So that's what we're going to do and I will walk you through it slowly.